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July 3, 2005
Thousands Jam Harris Riverfront Park for Music, Fireworks
by Chris Spencer
Huntington News Network Photographer
Huntington, WV (HNN) - The "Saturday Night Jamboree," and a dazzling fireworks display brought over ten thousand people to David W. Harris Riverfront Park on Saturday evening, July 2, 2005 for a Fourth of July Celebration.
So many people came to the event called The Dawg Dazzle for radio station WDGG 93.7- FM they were facing long lines at the gates trying to get in.
A woman seeing the long line said, "I came down to this entrance to get in and it is has bad here as it is at the other entrance."
The amphitheater at Harris Riverfront Park was full with no seats left. People lined the banks of the Ohio and crowded the side walks to hear "The Saturday Night Jamboree." Show host Allen Sturm introduced the local country music talent to sing and dance.
The success of the "The Saturday Night Jamboree," from their first show with a crowd of 500 held on January 1 at the Jean Carlo Stephenson Auditorium to over 10,000 people for the July Fourth Celebration is impressive.
The fireworks show certainly has to be rated as one of the better fireworks shows for Huntington. The display lit up the sky over Huntington for miles.
Judging by the applause and response, the packed house appeared to enjoy "The Saturday Night Jamboree,' and the fireworks celebrating our nation's birthday. Afterwards the streets of Huntington were full of traffic and people walking on the streets.